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Sony CEO: Virtual Reality Is In “Very, Very Early Days ” And Requires A Lot Of Work
Virtual Reality has been quite a success in gaming industry. Virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive has paved the way for other companies to bring their own VR headsets to the market. Sony is also jumping in the VR market with PS VR headset, however, the company still thinks that there is a lot of improvements and advancements need to happen.
Speaking with Digital Spy, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO, Andrew House, discussed about virtual reality and what it means for the future of gaming.
According to him, virtual reality is a very different medium of entertainment that we have not seen before, as it is a different level of immersion.
Yes I do, I think it’s very much a different medium than what we’ve seen before – it’s certainly borne out for me by a number of the demos that I’ve played. It’s a heightened level of excitement. It’s a different sense of immersion and jokingly I’d say – if you can get that from a cynical person who’s been in the industry for 20 years, then there’s got to be something pretty exciting there!
He further added that virtual reality is in its very early stages and it requires a lot of work for its controller interface and the understanding what is means to be truly immersed.
However I keep pointing out that this is very, very early days and there is an awful lot more work to be done around controller interface, around understanding what true sense of presence is and isn’t. But I think that the exciting thing and the reason I like the games industry is that we learn very quickly and reiterate very quickly from that.
Sony’s PlayStation VR is less than a month away from hitting store shelves, as it will be available on October 13, 2016, pre-order for the headsets are also live.